Jude the Obscure

By Peggi Tucker

'Jude the Obscure' is a famous David Austin rose with a fragrance of romantic proportions, I call fresh and fruity. 'David Austin Roses' calls it "reminiscent of guava and sweet white wine". It is a medium apricot yellow shrub rose with full bloom form. As many of the English Roses, it is very disease resistant and cold tolerant. It has large chalice shaped incurved cupped flowers, which often have buds on the side, and can form a cluster, as shown in this picture. The flowers are loosely cupped and sometimes rain may cause them to fail to open.

What is an English rose? Where did they come from? Is it an old garden rose or a modern rose? There is a great article called 'Deconstructing David' in the ARS magazine American Rose Annual 2007 (December 2007) which digs into the classic and modern aspects of English Rose breeding and is interesting while capturing some historical aspects to appease our curiosity.

'Abraham Darby x 'Windrush' are the lineage. Considered by ARS to be a very good to solid rose with a rating of 8. 'Jude the Obscure' is magnificent in bloom color, form, quantity, and fragrance, and has won many awards.